Nursery, Church School, & Children in Worship

happening-logo-find-your-placeNursery and Young Children

Nursery (Infants through 2 years old)
9:40 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Nursery
An environment of loving care is provided for infants during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. If care is needed during the church school hour, please follow instructions by the nursery to acquire assistance, or contact Jocelyn VanHeest prior to the sessions. Caring adults and youth are scheduled as caregivers, and volunteers are needed. Please contact Jocelyn if you are interested in volunteering.

Family Time Together (FTT)
This group is open to all Hope Church families with children of any age. The group will meet periodically throughout the year for various family-oriented times together. Events may include Game Night/Game Day, Pancake dinner and celebration (Shrove Tuesday), and other opportunities for families to spend time together and with one another. Look for specific dates, events, and times in newsletters, bulletins and on the Hope Church website. Call or email Jocelyn VanHeest at with any questions or suggestions.

Church School

Church School (Preschool through 5th grade)
9:40 a.m.–10:40 a.m. Room 204
The children meet together to build a great foundation for their Christian faith. Children will begin each Sunday morning together for an exciting presentation of a Bible story, then divide into smaller groups by age to continue to learn about the story with age-appropriate activities and ways to connect the story to their lives. They grow together making sound relationships with other children and their teachers as members of God’s family.

Family Church School
Occasionally during the year parents and their children will meet together to explore different topics that will help to nurture their faith together as a family. More information about these special occasions will be available in advance of the church school sessions.

Children in Worship

Children In Worship is a walk-out program for ages three years through 5th grade during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. During worship, children will be invited to come to the front of the sanctuary for “A Word with the Children.” From there, Children In Worship leaders will escort the children to the worship centers.

Children In Worship transforms ordinary time and space into sacred time and space. Our children enter sacred time in order to experience and praise God by being with God, talking with God, listening to God, and hearing the stories of God. The special time and space of Children in Worship helps the children bring the stories of God’s action in the past and promises for the future into their present experience as they wonder, respond in their own way to the story, and pray together in community.

Ages 3, 4 & 5 Room 202
A parent may be asked to stay with young three year olds until the child is comfortable in the center and is ready for worship
Kindergarten & 1st grade Room 204
2nd & 3rd grades Room 206
4th & 5th grades Room 208
4th & 5th graders remain in worship on Sundays in which communion is served.

We will continue to support the Girls and Boys Christian High Schools in Martinpur, Pakistan with the children’s offering this year. If you have any questions about the children’s opportunities, contact Jocelyn VanHeest, Children’s Ministry Director.